Average Bench: 99.6% (23rd of 1335)

Based on 19,619 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged just 0.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 166Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 322Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is just 17.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,241Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 88.5Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 19,619 samples)
Min Avg Max
76.4 Memory 88.5 95.8
148 1-Core 166 174
283 2-Core 322 344
106% 192 Pts
Min Avg Max
521 4-Core 594 650
893 8-Core 985 1,059
99.9% 790 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,107 64-Core 1,241 1,314
83.3% 1,241 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.3
1-Core 172
2-Core 294
106% 187 Pts
4-Core 580
8-Core 1,020
100% 800 Pts
64-Core 1,271
85% 1,271 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.4
1-Core 156
2-Core 324
101% 187 Pts
4-Core 565
8-Core 962
96% 763 Pts
64-Core 1,261
85% 1,261 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 49,653,206 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
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Desktop 106%
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Workstation 189%
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $1,115

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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

Added 9 months ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

7 hrs ago.

Used Intel to build my daughter's rig. Feels as fast, if not faster, than my Ryzen 7 3800x setup when booting, loading and installing even with fewer cores and threads. It stays below 75c under stress using my old Cooler Master 212 air tower (push/pull) so I could easily OC without needing an AIO.


Excellent

3 days ago.

beast side by side with 11700 and 12600 more cheap and worth it with the rx 6600 xt radeon powercolor DEVIL red. I LOVE IT.


Good

2 months ago.

Somewhat recommended for Windows 11


Good

4 days ago.

it's a absolute beast of a CPU !!! games run at like 8% to 20% on load which is basically on idle otherwise CPU temps is 28 on idle game play is like 40 to 50 max loving this CPU :D


Good

9 months ago.


Good

4 months ago.

good cpu on budget


Excellent

8 months ago.

best budget cpu ever


Excellent

9 months ago.

It's just awesome


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